Directed, written and produced by Nerissa Picadizo, “REQUITED” is one of the main-competition finalists (full length category) at the elite and prestigious 2017 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.
Starring Jake Cuenca and Anna Luna, “REQUITED” is about a disease-stricken biker who wants to conquer a treacherous terrain on one final adventure that pitted him against nature and the woman he desires. The film’s main location was set in the majestic Mt. Pinatubo Lake.
Matt (Jake Cuenca) is driven by one ultimate goal: to bike all the way from Manila to Mt. Pinatubo Lake to defy his ill-fated life. His body is ravaged by Parkinson’s disease and a faltering faith; but his resilience to live and end life on his own terms carries him through. He encounters a road block in Sandy (Anna Luna) who ironically is the person he’s running away from and “the one” he wants to be with most.
In their biking trip, Matt and Sandy’s different personalities collide with each other in spite of their unlikely endearing qualities together. Verbal battles constantly arise that spills out the nature of their complicated relationship. From facebook status quarrels, unanswered phone call arguments, their past conflicts, Sandy’s self-absorption as a star-volleyball player, Matt’s annoyance of Sandy’s striking tiger print helmet and all their repressed feelings resurfaces in their journey. Biking through the tough terrains and lahar-filled lands of Mt. Pinatubo they experience many challenges on the road. As Sandy gets tangled in Matt’s anger and desperation, she becomes an unwitting sacrifice for his redemption.
REQUITED’s Gala Night
at the 2017 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival held last August 8, 2017 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Behind the Scenes
of REQUITED’s Production Shoot
REQUITED behind the scenes video
Press Interview Links:
Indie Bravo! honorees come together for Cinemalaya drama (Philippine Daily Inquirer article)
Watch ‘Requited’ If You’re in the Mood for a Surprising Love Story (CANDY magazine article)
A Different Jake Cuenca in ‘Requited’ (noink.abs-cbn.com article)